Looking to restore some transparency, the New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill mandating the state post a complete summary of property tax data online every year.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton says the Christie administration this year deleted some tax information that was on the Department of Community Affairs website in previous years.
“We were under the guise that DCA took it off because they thought it was confusing to the taxpayer. I prefer to let taxpayers make that decision whether or not too much information is confusing to them. We just want to make sure that we keep an open and transparent government consistent with what the governor has said quite often. So we want to deliver on that promise.”
Singleton says his legislation would give residents one online site where they could find comprehensive property tax data including the average residential property tax bill for each municipality and the average homestead tax credit.
‘Whether it's rebates, exemptions, deductions, whatever, they can find it all in one place. They don’t got to go searching around sort of the byzantine government that we have.”
The measure is still awaiting action in the state Senate.
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